The boy and his father
were deep sea fishing;
the small boy, cutting bait.
Suddenly, a monstrous shark
rose halfway out of the water next to the boat
and swallowed the boy whole.
Inside the shark,
knife still in hand,
even in the dark the boy knew what to do.
He cut the soul out of the shark.
Immediately, the sky opened with teeth
and the boy escaped the darkness
Still, something hard
escaped with the boy.
He was, as always, himself to the eye,
but the hearts of those who knew him
caught other glimpses.
At the beach, when he swam in the sea,
he moved swiftly
with a sort of deadly determination
that drove others to the shore.
While friends swam to the wooden platform
and rested there in the sun, laughing,
he drove on past
and further and further into the sea.
a friend, looking west from the platform,
saw a giant white form
rise in front of the distant swimmer,
come down like sea spray over the boy,
and then both the boy and vision were gone,
replaced by a dark fin
cutting out to sea.